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April 28, 2013 4:37:32 AM

Hi guys,

I know this question has been asked quite often but I'm in a bit of a pickle.
My friend plays competitive DotA2 and would really like to have a solid 60FPS during league/competitive matches.
He recently got given a few spare parts, so we put a PC together. Specs as follows:

AMD A8-3870 APU (not sure if K model or not)
2x2 GB Patriot DDR3 1333MHz RAM
Gigabyte A75M-D2H mobo
Thermaltake ToughPower XT 575w PSU
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD

We also had a ZOTAC GeForce GTS450, but could not get it to work for some reason (black screen upon restart after installing NVIDIA drivers, tried older versions too).

This setup runs the game on medium to low settings averaging 30FPS and dips down to 20 during fights.

My question is what hardware could he purchase/changes could he make to improve performance to around desirable level in DotA2 (60FPS avg).

P.S. this is my first thread on here after years of lurking :-)

I trust in you guys!

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a c 207 4 Gaming
April 28, 2013 4:40:57 AM

Under what budget?
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April 28, 2013 4:41:41 AM

The 650 ti is at $130 now, give or take a five bucks depending on the board manufacturer, it's a great card that'll smoke your old 450. The least i could recommend is a 7750. A 7770 is also worthy of a look.
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April 28, 2013 5:07:55 AM

Well the budget is R3000 which is around $320, but due to components being higher priced here in South Africa, I'd say it's the equivalent of about $270. For both RAM and a new GPU.

Thanks for the suggestion of the 650ti, we were leaning toward ATI cards due to the problems we experienced when trying to install the GTS450 drivers; which I'm still bewildered over what was causing the issue.

So the question remains, what kind of performance can we expect to see if we purchase an 8GB kit of RAM and either the 650ti or a 7770, and will there be any bottlenecks with the A8 APU? I'm quite unfamiliar with the entire APU series from AMD.

More suggestions please!






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April 28, 2013 5:40:40 AM

FacelessZA said:
Well the budget is R3000 which is around $320, but due to components being higher priced here in South Africa, I'd say it's the equivalent of about $270. For both RAM and a new GPU.

Thanks for the suggestion of the 650ti, we were leaning toward ATI cards due to the problems we experienced when trying to install the GTS450 drivers; which I'm still bewildered over what was causing the issue.

So the question remains, what kind of performance can we expect to see if we purchase an 8GB kit of RAM and either the 650ti or a 7770, and will there be any bottlenecks with the A8 APU? I'm quite unfamiliar with the entire APU series from AMD.

More suggestions please!








Your old 450 might have turned bad already, I haven't had any problems with Nvidia drivers yet.

The 650 ti and the 7770 are good cards, but if you're playing at a 1080p monitor, they'll feel sluggish. With a $270-$320 budget, you could get yourself a 650 ti Boost. The Boost is the best card at $170, it goes head to head with the more expensive 7850 on most games. But perhaps the best you could get with that budget is a 7870 XT, which is card that runs on a crippled Tahiti GPU. It's priced at around $250, again, give or take a few bucks depending on the manufacturer.

The 660, 660 ti, 7850, and 7870 are all good cards and would play DotA 2 at 60 fps, however, I think they're all overkill for that game. Buut, the option of having extra graphics power ready at a moment's notice is always a good idea, especially if you decide to play more taxing games.

On a side note, those cards might be bottlenecked by your CPU.
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April 28, 2013 5:50:03 AM

Forgot the title of your thread says "cheapest" in it. Okay. I'll recommend the 650 ti if you're playing below 1080p, it's cheaper than AMD's new 7790 while being only slightly slower and it is considerably faster than the 7770.

If you're gaming on 1080p, get the 650 ti Boost, performs about the same as the pricier 7850.

That's about it. However, if you fancy the 7770, 7790, or the 7850, you can go ahead and get them, they're good cards too, they just don;t have the best price/perfomance like the nvidia cards have.
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April 28, 2013 6:06:46 AM

faster23rd said:
Forgot the title of your thread says "cheapest" in it. Okay. I'll recommend the 650 ti if you're playing below 1080p, it's cheaper than AMD's new 7790 while being only slightly slower and it is considerably faster than the 7770.

If you're gaming on 1080p, get the 650 ti Boost, performs about the same as the pricier 7850.

That's about it. However, if you fancy the 7770, 7790, or the 7850, you can go ahead and get them, they're good cards too, they just don;t have the best price/perfomance like the nvidia cards have.


Thanks again for the help! I've been looking around and found this card on special: R2179 (~$220)
http://powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=410#S...

the cheapest 650Ti boost I can get hold of is this one: R2505 (~$265)
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

I've been looking around and I see the performance is very similar between those two cards, so the cheaper one (which comes with free BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider keys) would be the best deal!

What do you think?

On another note, the other question I had was regarding RAM. I see the motherboard supports up to 1866Mhz natively with no OC'ing or voltage tweaking. Would it be wise to go for a 2x4 GB DDR3 1866Mhz kit or a cheaper 1600Mhz kit? Is the performance difference negligible?

Thanks again guys!
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a c 207 4 Gaming
April 28, 2013 6:20:26 AM

The 7850 is the better card. Get it.

As for RAM, the only difference you'll ever see is the benchmark tests. You would not notice any difference. Get the 1600.
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April 28, 2013 7:01:02 AM

Thanks for all the input guys.

I think the decision has been made, the 7850 PCS+ and an 8GB 1600 kit.

One more question, just to be absolutely sure that I'm getting the maximum bang for buck, which kit would you gurus suggest? :-)

Here are the 3 choices, all within R80 (~$7) of eachother, with the Ripjaws being the most expensive of the lot.

http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=476
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=385
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=378
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a c 207 4 Gaming
April 28, 2013 7:13:53 AM

Ripjaws and Sniper are both great. I don't have experience with the first one.
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